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The Top Cable News Programs in Q2 2013 Were…

As usual, Fox News Channel’s programming topped the competition in the first quarter of 2013. The network notched the top 13 programs among total viewers and the top eight in the A25-54 demographic. “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one show on Fox News and cable news overall, averaging 2.86 million Total Viewers and 456,000 A25-54 viewers for the quarter.

CNN’s top show in Total Viewers was the 8 p.m. hour of “Anderson Cooper 360,” which placed 14th and averaged 802,000 viewers. “AC360″ cracked the top ten among younger viewers, placing eighth and averaging 271,000 viewers in the A25-54 demographic.

“The Rachel Maddow” show was tops on MSNBC in both Total Viewers and the demo, averaging 774,000 and 236,000 viewers, respectively. The program placed 15th in Total Viewers and 15th in the demo for the quarter.

HLN’s top show for the quarter was “Nancy Grace,” which  placed 16th in Total Viewers and 13th in the demo, averaging 726,000 and 241,000 viewers, respectively.

CNBC’s top program in Total Viewers was “Squawk On The Street,” which averaged 238,000 Total Viewers. “American Greed” was the network’s top show in the demo with 92,000 viewers. Stuart Varney‘s “Varney & Company” was FBN’s top-rated show in both Total Viewers and the demo, averaging 92,000 Total Viewers and 17,000 A25-54 viewers, respectively.

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2012 Election Ratings: A Split Decision At The Business Networks


In addition to the broadcasters and “big three” cable news channels, the cable business networks provided election coverage of their own on Tuesday night. Not surprisingly, the ratings were much, much smaller than the other networks, and much closer too.

From 7 PM to 1 AM, CNBC averaged 322,000 total viewers, while Fox Business Network averaged 284,000 viewers. In the adults 25-54 demo, FBN was on top with 138,000 viewers to CNBC’s 136,000. Note: both networks went past 1 AM, which included President Obama’s acceptance speech, however that hour was listed as paid programming on FBN, so those numbers were not immediately available. Bloomberg TV isn’t rated by Nielsen, and thus is not included.

Compared to election night 2008, CNBC was down -27% in total viewers and -13% in the demo, echoing the performance of most of the other news channels on election night. FBN was up substantially from 2008, but at that time it was not yet a full-service client of Nielsen, and was only a year old.

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FBN’s Election Night Plans

FOX Business Network will provide live continuous election night coverage on Tuesday beginning at 5pmET hosted by anchor and Managing Editor Neil Cavuto. FBN’s Stuart Varney and Lou Dobbs will also take part. Also, Liz Claman will report live from the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Gerri Willis will be live from the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston while FBN Washington Correspondent Rich Edson will provide coverage from President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago. Also, Melissa Francis will be live from Florida and Adam Shapiro live from Nevada, two important swing states.

Charles Payne Returns to FBN After His Wife Successfully Undergoes Heart Transplant

Fox Business contributor Charles Payne shared the amazing story of his wife’s heart transplant this week on FBN’s “Varney & Co.” Payne was sitting in for anchor Stuart Varney two weeks ago when he got an email from a longtime friend of his who offered the heart of his deceased daughter to Payne’s wife, who has long suffered from heart problems.

“She’s doing amazing,” Payne told Varney. “She has not felt this way — she was in so much pain, and she was so down and so depressed for so long. It’s literally a rebirth, Stuart.”

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25 Years After The 1987 Stock Market Crash

25 years ago today Wall Street had a massive stock market crash, nicknamed “Black Monday.” Back in 1987, there were no cable business channels, and the only real cable news channel was CNN. Update: I forgot FNN, which would go on to be acquired by CNBC.

While many things have changed, some things remain the same. Check out the coverage from CNN and the “Nightly Business Report” below, and look out for a few familiar faces at 2:20 and 2:00 into each video, respectively.

And after the jump, how CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg TV remembered the anniversary this morning.

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The Ticker: Schieffer, Novak, Beck…

  • “Face the Nation” originates from New York Sunday as Bob Schieffer speaks with former Pres. Bill Clinton. The annual Clinton Global Initiative gets underway Sunday. Clinton is on “The Daily Show” tonight.

  • CNBC has plucked Jake Novak from Fox Business Network. Starting Monday Novak, who was Stuart Varney‘s producer at FBN, will be Supervising Producer of CNBC’s “Street Signs.”

  • Glenn Beck puts on another of his stages shows tonight. Originating from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Glenn Beck: Unelectable 2012 is being distributed by Fathom Events showing in theaters across the country.

FBN’s New Graphics: ‘The Judge Likes Them Too, Because You Can See More of Him’

Fox Business Network debuted a new graphics look today as part of a move to a single 16×9 feed, similar to how Fox News broadcasts. In the transition, the “wing” — still in use by CNBC — has been removed with the information as part of the redesigned lower third.

The new design also incorporates social media in the ticker. Ray Lambiase, SVP of Graphics at FBN, tells RBR-TVBR, “By dedicating an area of our new data ticker exclusively to text headlines, we will have the opportunity to display social media comments, without ever interrupting the flow of financial data that our business viewers expect to see.” FBN celebrates five years on the air next month.

After the jump, watch Stuart Varney discuss the new look, while Judge Andrew Napolitano laughs along in agreement…

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Business Nets Plan Special Coverage of Facebook IPO

The business networks are gearing up for tomorrow’s Facebook IPO, which begins trading on the NASDAQ when the markets open tomorrow morning.

Bloomberg TV is kicking off coverage at 5pmET today with “Facebook: The Public Network,” a live three-hour special anchored by Emily Chang and Cory Johnson in San Francisco, Betty Liu in New York and Jon Erlichman at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. At 8pmET, Matt Miller will anchor a live one-hour special, followed by an updated version of Bloomberg’s “Game Changers” on Mark Zuckerberg at 9pmET.

CNBC devoted the 1pmET hour this afternoon to the IPO with a special anchored by Carl Quintanilla. He and Julia Boorstin will also report from Facebook’s headquarters tomorrow. Tomorrow morning, CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” will broadcast from the NASDAQ, where Facebook will be trading, instead of their usual perch at the NYSE.

On Fox Business Network, Stuart Varney will host a special “Varney & Co.” tomorrow morning to cover the market open and the IPO launch. Shibani Joshi will be live from Facebook’s headquarters and Lauren Simonetti will be at the NASDAQ.

The Morning Ticker: Couric, Varney, C-SPAN Touts

  • Katie Couric‘s upcoming syndicated talk show has launched on Twitter and Facebook. Couric relaunched her Facebook fan page to be focused on the show, and her staff has launched a new Twitter account @KatieShow, for the talk program. So far the pages have shared a number of behind the scenes photos about the show’s prep work.
  • Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney is interviewed by luxury lifestyle magazine The Robb Report. Varney, a Brit, talks about his love for his adopted country at his home in the Catskills: “Up there, I’ve got a gigantic American flag. Every Fourth of July, we winch it up the side of the house on pulleys so it covers the entire house, or at least the front and side of it—which is ironic, is it not, for an Englishman to be flying a gigantic American flag?”
  • C-SPAN is partnering with video social sharing service Tout for the channel’s tour of North Carolina May 3-8. The C-SPAN bus will be traveling across the state, and people can stop by the bus and share their thoughts on the election via Tout. Stops include UNC and Wake Forest.

FBN’s Stuart Varney: ‘On Television, Jargon Is The Kiss Of Death’

Fox Business Network anchor Stuart Varney talks to the Atlantic Wire about what he reads to prepare for his daily show, “Varney & Co.” Varney says he keeps his reading habits simple:

I try to stay out of the weeds. On television, jargon is the kiss of death. The second you start talking about the Federal Reserve and QE3 you’ve lost your audience. I mean, how many people really know what the Federal Reserve is and does? Far fewer people know what QE3 is. That’s why you’ll never hear me say, “The yield on the 10 year bond is X or Y percent.” Instead, I’ll tell a general audience that Italians are having trouble borrowing money and that’s how you pull them in. One of the differences between CNBC and Fox Business is we’re going after a different market. We’re expanding beyond traders to a broader audience while staying on subjects that are related to money and investing.

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